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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Relax labour laws to help city

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 05:11am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Relax labour laws to help city The latest official study of Hong Kong's future manpower needs estimates a net shortage of 118,000 by 2022, partly because of a mismatch ... developers and contractors have seized on it to renew calls to relax rules on importing labour, arguing that shortages were helping raise construction costs and property prices. A recent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1589567/relaxing-labour-importation-laws-will-benefit-hong-kong
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    New drug law needs to respect rights

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:07am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Heed rights in new drug law Any law that detects drug users and steers them into counselling without fear of prosecution has to be welcomed. Early identification to enhance ... with behaviour that could cause harm to others and damage property, such as driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs. As a result, it poses more complex questions for steps against illegal drugs. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1549928/new-drug-law-needs-respect-rights
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing's new advertising law offers consumer protection

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 03:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Advertising law will stop abuses Nothing sells like celebrity. This is apparently what some advertisers believe. Celebrity branding has indeed become so prevalent ... is tightening the rules. According to a revised draft of the advertising law, celebrities cannot promote products and services that they have not tried. Not only will they face punitive fines ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1582500/beijings-new-advertising-law-offers-long-overdue-protection
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Trend towards building smaller flats is not a healthy sign

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:20am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Trend to smaller flats not healthy There is at least one important way in which the government's campaigns to increase flat supply and crack down on property speculation has succeeded. Developers who used to make a killing selling so-called luxury properties are switching to small flats since anti-speculation measures like the double stamp duty were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1592662/trend-towards-building-smaller-flats-not-healthy-sign
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Democracy and constitutional change the winner in Scottish vote

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 04:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... that the result will mean constitutional change for all of Britain, beginning with draft laws granting Scotland new powers to be published by January. "Just as Scotland will vote separately ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1596402/democracy-and-constitutional-change-winner-scottish-vote
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    After easy re-election, Macau leader now faces many challenges

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 05:06am by SCMP Editorial

    ... in favour of universal suffrage in 2019. Unfortunately, the Macau Basic Law does not make universal suffrage the final goal. If economic data is anything to go by, Chui has achieved much in his ... revenues, he no longer enjoys the social harmony his predecessor did. Economic growth and speedy development have brought with them a host of problems. Property prices have rocketed fivefold since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1584012/after-easy-re-election-macau-leader-now-faces-many
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Speeding up urban renewal is in the public interest

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:51am by SCMP Editorial

    ... in strategy, the Urban Renewal Authority two years ago began allowing property owners to initiate redevelopment proposals. While the support of owners of two-thirds of units in a building is required ... is part of any negotiation. Property owners have every right to maximise their gains. But they have to be realistic at the same time. If the majority is happy with the authority's offer, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1590468/speeding-urban-renewal-public-interest
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Party affiliation would help chief executive

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:46am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the Basic Law does not expressly ban it. Without a firm support base in the legislature, the leader has to lobby for votes case by case. This makes effective governance difficult, if not impossible. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1587350/chief-executive-could-govern-better-if-affiliated-political
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Food safety is paramount

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:46am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Food safety is paramount Law enforcement is struggling to keep up with the ingenuity of unscrupulous food traders. Even the threat of death sentences on the mainland is not even enough to put off those who sense a quick profit. The scandals involving meat, fruit and vegetables tainted with chemicals and cheap substitutes are seemingly increasing in number, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1587367/food-safety-paramount
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    West faces challenge in tackling threat of home-grown jihadis

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to take part, while Australia is also considering tough action. About 3,000 of the 12,000 fighters who have joined Islamic State's battle for a global caliphate governed by strict sharia law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1585422/west-faces-challenge-tackling-threat-home-grown-jihadis

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